The skies over Cape Verde were filled with a brownish haze from dust blowing westward out of the African Sahara on June 3, 2002. This true-color image of the event was acquired by the modarch.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's terra.nasa.gov/ Terra spacecraft.
Note the lacy cloud pattern (von Karman vortices) forming on the leeward side of the Cape Verde islands. The red dots appearing on the African landscape are fires.
Please note that the high-resolution scene provided here is 500 meters per pixel. For a copy of this scene at the sensor's fullest resolution, visit the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2002154-0603 MODIS Rapidfire site.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/ MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC